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John William O’Neill

air force officer , government official.

John William O’Neill, American air force officer, government official. Decorated Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster, Air Medal with oak leaf cluster, Order of Rising Sun 2d class.


O’Neill, John William was born on April 22, 1918 in Brookline, Massachusetts, United States. Son of William H. and Mary J. (Healy) O’N.


Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Boston University, 1940. Master of Literature, U. Pittsburgh, 1951. Graduate Air War College, 1955.


Second lieutenant United States Army, 1940, advanced through grades to Lieutenant general United States Air Force, 1967. Various assignments, United States, 1940-1944. Lead group pilot 28th Bomb Squadron, 19th Bomb Group, PTO, 1944-1945.

Air operations officer, pilot command aircraft, atomic bomb tests, Bikini, 1946. Liaison officer with chief naval operations Navy Guided Missile Program, 1946-1947. Section chief Headquarters United States Air Force, comptroller Air Force Missile Test Center, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, 1951-1954.

Comptroller in Burtonwood, England, also assistant director programs United States Air Force Europe, Wiesbaden and Ramstein, Germany, 1955-1958. Deputy commander ballistic missiles, later deputy chief staff plans and operations Air Force Ballistic Missile Division, 1958-1961. Director staff group Office Director Defense Research and Engineering, Office Secretary Defense, 1961-1964.

Commander Electronic Systems Division, Air Force Systems Command, Hanscom Field, Bedford, Massachusetts, 1964-1947. Commander Space and Missile Systems Organisation, Los Angeles, 1967-1969. Vice commander Air Force Systems Command, Washington, 1969-1972, retired, 1972.

President Armed Forces Relief and Benefit Association, 1972-1977.


Married Dorothea M. Howley, November 22, 1941. Children: Brian A., Dennis M. (deceased), Janice M., Stephen T., Kathleen A., Michael J., Peter S. Commissioned.

William H. O’N.

Mary J. (Healy) O’N.

Dorothea M. Howley

Brian A. O’Neill

Dennis M. O’Neill (deceased)

Janice M. O’Neill

Stephen T. O’Neill

Kathleen A. O’Neill

Michael J. O’Neill

Peter S. Commd O’Neill